oPen Trap Network System.
An ad-hoc, low-power mesh network system for trap to trapper communication.
The oPen Trap Network System creates a mesh network that sends information between trap and trapper without needing cellular/satellite networks.
This easy-to-implement solution provides trappers with access to:
- Notification of trap door status (triggered when closed)
- Remote activation and deactivation of trap door (to avoid animals being trapped in extreme climates)
- An ad-hoc inexpensive network that can be set up easily when the trap is placed
Currently, in the US, there are 200,000 registered trappers with millions of animal traps laid every month. Most US state laws require trappers to check their traps between 24 hours to 48 hours, but these traps could be in remote and hard-to-reach locations. Animals can be trapped for hours or days sometimes, with no guarantee that the trapper will check on them in time. This often results in animal death, in hundreds of thousands every year. These deaths can be reduced or completely avoided if there is a reliable and inexpensive way trappers can be notified of trap status so they can respond timely when trap doors are triggered and animals get trapped.